Posts Tagged ‘Who Saw the Light’

Current Top Four

July 22, 2017

I did a Top 10 local bands a while back. I have an updated top 4, best-of-the-rest better follow.

Three of them are playing tomorrow (not all together).

Guildford and surrounds we have, in alphabetical order –

Moper – didn’t much like them when I first heard them but they’re just getting better and better with each release. Depressing, simple, noise rock, often not that heavy, but it just works, probably because they have some amazing songs and a vocalist / lyricist (and guitarist) who sorta of reminds me of Andrew Falcous.

https://mopernoise.bandcamp.com/

Pensevor – dirty, droning, did I say dirty, raw, filthy, doom. Surprisingly delicate, interesting, fantastic drumming, steady bass that just does the job, one of the most imposing and vulnerably aggressive front men you will ever see… and the icing on the cake, some of the filtiest and heaviest guitars you will ever hear with tone to die for. Damn near perfect.

https://pensevor432.bandcamp.com/

Tuskar – sludge, doom, stoner heavy-as guitar-drums two piece. Tyler is an animal on drums whilst covering vocals. Riffs applenty, verges on metal in places. In a good way.

https://tuskar.bandcamp.com/

Who Saw The Light – heavy, nuts. Not many bands can claim doom as the main vocal style whilst having music that encompasses prog, shoegaze (occasionally), metal, hardcore punk, math, pretty much everything. First ep out tomorrow.

https://www.facebook.com/whosawthelight/

Who Saw The Light – Electric Theatre, Guildford, ACM Showcase, 21st July 2017

July 21, 2017

I like all sorts of music, but I really like heavy music, I really like psychedelic music, and I really really like heavy psychedelic music.  Who Saw The Light could actually be made for me.

They start their set with a properly fucked up version of Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues.  If you don’t know the original put down this blog and go listen to everything McLusky and Future Of The Left have ever done, then come back.

Right, you ready to continue?  Why anyone would consider covering a song so fucking perfect I just do not know.  They get away with it and MORE.  Excellent start.

They scream / growl, there’s metal, there’s hardcore, they get laid back and croon, they play extended pieces which go mathy and trippy and prog as well as psychedelic.  They do it with showmanship, humility, a sense of humour and, most importantly, remembering that it’s all rock n roll.

Fuck YEAH, superb, superb band.

They rock, they fuck with my mind and they put a smile on my face.  Really couldn’t ask for much more.

And Stef almost gave a speech.

All that in 20 minutes.

Who Saw The Light Play the Boileroom in Guildford Sunday 23rd July 2017 and release an ep on the day.

Another non-review – Who Saw The Light / Tuskar / Lowdown – Star Inn, 18th May 2017

May 21, 2017

I missed Lowdown.  Well, I caught a touch… they’re a young, mainstream rock act.  I think.  The singer can sing.  I love to see a musician looking like they’re having as much fun on stage as the bassist appeared to be… but ultimately not my thing at all.

I’ve met Tyler once before, and he cornered me after the gig tonight.  He plays drums in Tuskar.  He sings.  He wanted to know what I thought of his band.  Why?  My opinion is everything, I buy that, but kinda only to me.  One might argue my opinion is nothing.

I started talking.  He seemed to think I wasn’t overly impressed.  I’m not one to bullshit what people want to hear.  I could’ve just said “really great, man, loved it!” and I wouldn’t have been dishonest, but me and my big gob tried to be more honest… and it’s hard to get across exactly what you wanna say, especially briefly and when you’re knackered and you’ve just had a few drinks watching a couple of fuck off noisy metal / doom / sludge / whatever bands.

I was happy to be cornered.   I love talking music.  I enjoyed Tuskar a lot.  Sludgey, doomy shit, heavy-as guitar / drums two-piece.  Someone – someone who knows a load more than me technically – said three things.  Tyler is a fucking good drummer.  Tuskar have developed as a band to a point well ahead of their years.  They convince.

I buy these assertions 100%.  They are a ‘proper band’.  Some bands sound more like musicians playing together, especially when they’re young and starting out.  Tuskar are a proper fucking band.

I don’t see tons of ACM stuff, and what I do see is mainly the noisier end, so I’m probably missing loads of good bands over the last few years… but Tuskar are only the third name on my list of “proper bands” I’ve seen live coming out of ACM over the last few years.  Following Foxes, Who Saw The Light, Tuskar.  I have no doubt Blackwaters could be added to the list but I ain’t seen them live.

So, what could have made me go “fucking amazing” without a fraction of second’s hesitation when Tyler asked what I thought?

(1)  If I was more of a sludge / stoner / doom expert then I’d have a better idea of just how good they are in the context of the style of music they make.  But I’m not.  All I can really say is that it’s a style I really like, they do it well and I look forward to seeing them again.  But I have no real idea where they sit in the genre, who are most similar to them, how good they are in comparison to their closest rivals.

(2)  Here’s where things get tricky.  Songs.  There’s loads of bands locally who I really love going to see live.  Tuskar can be added to the list.  The main thing that they don’t tend to have – that the very best bands do – is fucking great songs.  Songs that get in your head damn quick and just stay there.  It might be kinda obvious, it might go without saying, but my advice (easier said than done) to just about every band I go see is “give everything you’ve got to writing the best songs you can.  I know you’re not pop, but catchy is generally good, and I’d advise you to take something from pop.”  As I say, easier said than done.  That said I really need to listen to the ep [Tuskar – Arianrhod] half a dozen times and see them live a few more times before I really judge the songs… but pretty much every band on the planet could do with a few better songs.

(3)  Innovation.  The greatest bands were innovators.  Black Flag and The Melvins are two bands I fucking love – they are both great, they both have great songs… but most impressively they have helped create genres and influence thousands of bands (probably tens of thousands of bands!)  There is nothing wrong with finding your niche and trying to play a certain style or combination of styles well, but set your sights at the stars, and try to find a way to take it – your music – no not just your music, music generally – to the next level.

When I go see live music in small venues I’m kinda judging every band against both ends of the spectrum.  On the one hand I can love a band simply because they put a smile on my face, get the foot tapping or rock hard.  On the other, to be great they need to do what the likes of Blacks Sabbath and Flag did.  Write numerous great songs that have not only been loved by fans across the world, but which have influenced the course of music history.  I don’t fuck around, I demand a lot.

TLDR – I really liked Tuskar, look forward to seeing them again and seeing them get better… but I wanna see them write their own Feel Good Hit of the Summer and change the course of metal history, and they ain’t getting 100% praise til they’ve done both those things.  Now fucking get to work.

I could say many similar things about Who Saw The Light, but there’s a couple things that have that do make them stand out.  There have a sense of anarchy, chaos and danger that is very difficult to pull off.  Their somewhat eclectic, all-over-the-fucking-place-style is much less easy to pigeonhole, and easier to picture developing into something that not only rocks but also influences others.

Two fine fine bands.

Check out Who Saw The Light again at the Star tonight.  Get there early – its an all dayer.  Check out Tuskar’s ep.

And fuck it, do one more thing –

Masiro / Slug 13 / Luau / Who Saw The Light – The Lounge Bar, Alton 28th April 2017

May 4, 2017

Just a quick one… not got time to say much.

I love Slug 13 (grungey noise-rock) and Who Saw The Light (metal, weird, all-over-the-place-in-a-good-way) – not much to add to what I have said about them before.  Looking forward to seeing them push on.

Luau were on first.  A bit too garage / punk for my tastes, but not bad at all and the surf elements really add something.

Masiro were on last.  A bit too prog metal for my tastes but again, not bad at all.  Like Luau I’d like to see them again.

Cheers to Trial ‘n’ Error for putting in on.

Trial N Error Productions

Luau

Masiro

Slug 13

Who Saw The Light

Top 10 Current Local Bands – Guildford and Surrounds – February 2017 (pt 2)

February 22, 2017

Moper, ex-SBB… are a band I’m still trying to get my head around 9 months (or so?) after seeing them live.  I’ve bought 3 albums.  They are dark, they place a massive barrier between the audience and themselves… but they’re gnawing away at me, I want to understand.  There’s a bit of Future of the Left about them, maybe.  Drawing me in.  Let them get to work on you… it might take a while but if your soul is pure, if a little haunted, then you’ll get there like I hope to.  Star Inn, Guildford, Friday, will to be there.

Grits I rate highly.  Not sure the extent they are something quite alternative trying to take high energy rock on board to make something more accessessible, or the other way round – a fairly mainstream rock band with hints at something quite challenging.  Either way energy levels, catchiness and plenty to keep it interesting to my [Wild] Eyes.  Fucking yes.  Facebar, Reading, Friday, would like to be there.

Who Saw The Light are a doom, grunge, metal, fuck knows what mess of a band and get away with it.  Who knows where they’re going, who knows why, but they have something.  Maybe I misunderstood but one song last time I saw them had its tempo set by a simple rhythm guitar part.  10 seconds in the bassist – whose taking lead vocal on the song – is having a bit of a go a the guitarist for massively reducing the tempo compared to when they rehearse it.  They really don’t appear to give a fuck.  I hope that what I’m seeing is the start of something special.  I fear they’ll get their act together and lose some of their irreverence and genre-spanning melange.  Then again they can certainly play so if they wanted to get their act together they would have probably done so already.

Songs To Punch Nerds To is great and Space Church have a live set that blew me away the first time I saw it.  I hope they keep writing, keep mixing it up.  Trevor’s Head seriously know what they’re doing too, dunno what more to say.

Slug 13 have the massive advantage of playing in a style that I’m a sucker for… though being able to write a top top riff kinda helps too.  Keep writing, keep ploughing that lovely furrow, maybe mix it up a bit too.  Or don’t bother.  Mixing it up that is, do bother full stop.

I love pop music.  Swords of Thought can write a song… but they do so in a nicely noisy way, that reminds me of some great great bands like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr.  The Boo Radley’s debut album (which they themselves have kinda written out of history) is called Ichabod and I.  It is brilliant if you like that sort of thing.  Pure pop, combined with a “why use one distortion pedal when you can use 20” attitude (I swear that’s a reasonably accurate bit of paraphrasising from an interview I read back in the day).  SoT remind me of that.

Pensevor deserve their own post, so bugger it, I’m saying nothing for now.

Top 10 Current Local Bands – Guildford and Surrounds – February 2017

February 21, 2017

Top 10 Current Local Bands – Guildford and Surrounds – February 2017

The rules – you must be based in Guildford or not that far away.  I must have seen you play live.  You must have played in or near Guildford in the last year or so.  I have changed part of your name to the word shit to ensure that you don’t get too cocky if you’re on the list, and if you’re not on the list then you don’t get a shit so there’s some consolation.  This list is based on FACTS not my personal opinion.

If you’re on the best of the rest then I wanna see you, or you just missed out, or you haven’t played locally recently enough, or you’re there cos someone I trust rates you, or maybe you’re just so fucking good that I think you’re too good to be judged against other local bands.

Feedback welcome.  Noise a guitar makes I mean, not your replies.

(1)  Penshitvor

(2)  Swords of Shit

(3)  Shit13

(4)  Shit Church

(5)  Trevor’s Shit

(6)  Who Saw The Shit

(7)  Shits

(8)  Shitter

(9)  Victorian Whore Shits

(10)   Typical Shits

Best of the rest – Blackwaters, Tommy Blackwood, Camcorder, Employed to Serve, Eulogy, Gutlocker, Heinous Pianist, Morass of Molasses, Princess, Vinyl Staircase.

Vital Note – Eulogy and Swords of Thought – PULL YOUR FINGERS OUT.

Another thing… maybe, going back 25 years, I didn’t get to as many local gigs as I should have… and no offence you lot but I am not sure any of you come close to touching the genius of Mega City Four and in particular Wiz’s incredible lyrics.  But overall the standard now is so high, it really is.

Xero, Who Saw The Light, Revelry – Noise Theory at the Star, Guildford, 20th February 2017

February 21, 2017

I liked Revelry… bass, drums and female vox.  Heavily Royal Blood influenced, a decent singer who reminds me a little of Beth Ditto (to say “she’s reminiscent” is a compliment, to add “she’s nowhere near as good” is, perhaps, inevitable.  Ditto is GREAT).  They tread a middle ground where you think they are a step to the right away from being very much mainstream, and a step to the left away from being quite alternative.  They rock.  The bassist filled the sound out really well with the help of a pitchfork and no small amount of talent.  Check ’em.  One of the better ACM bands I’ve ever seen.

Who Saw The Light… I was much less shock and awed by them second time around, and there were sound issues especially early on… but overall damn good again… not much to add.  Looking forward to the next time, looking forward to them developing as a band.

Xero, not my thing, sorry.

Shit review, no time, sue me.

Gigs in Guildford and Surrounds February 2017 onwards

February 18, 2017

Upcoming gigs in and around Guildford that have caught my eye… if the band or promoter is in bold then I have a particular soft spot.  Otherwise it’s just gigs that I’d happily go to, and hopefully will go to, especially if it’s in Guildford.

Monday 20th February 2017
Xero, Who Saw The LightRevelry at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/1264923700211985/

Tuesday 21st February 2017
The Nightingales, Pink Diamond Review, Typical Hunks at the The Facebar, Reading
https://www.facebook.com/events/221855601569783/

Friday 24th February 2017
Nova Twins, IDKFA and Moper (ex-SBB) at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/706117169544967/

Sunday 5th March 2017
Slug 13, Blackdroid, King Ghidora, Princess at the Star Inn, Guildford [Leafy Incline Night]
https://www.facebook.com/events/941026996031194/

Monday 6th March 2017
Lee Scratch Perry at the Boileroom, Guildford [SOLD OUT]
http://www.theboileroom.net

Wednesday 15th March 2017
Idles, Scarlet Rascal, Space Church at the Boileroom, Guildford
http://www.theboileroom.net/listings/events/15-mar-17-idles-the-boileroom/

Friday 17th March 2017
Petrol Girls at the Boileroom, Guildford
http://www.theboileroom.net/listings/events/17-mar-17-petrol-girls-the-boileroom

Saturday 18th March 2017
Mirrored Lips, Fret!, Typical Hunks at the South Street Arts Centre, Reading
https://www.facebook.com/events/259458254476909/

Sunday 19th March 2017
Fauntleroy, Slow Ruin, Throat Punch City, Aching Mucle at the Star Inn, Guildford [Buffalo Club Night]
https://www.facebook.com/events/1199407930176890/

Sunday 9th April 2017
????? at the Star Inn, Guildford [Trial n Buffalo Night]
https://www.facebook.com/events/706660459508133/
https://www.facebook.com/thebuffaloclub/
https://www.facebook.com/Trial-N-Error-Productions-1511711255801880/?fref=ts

Saturday 15th April 2017
Moper (ex-SBB) at the West End Centre in Aldershot

Friday 21st April 2017
Camcorder, Moper (ex-SBB), Tailblock, Grenades at the Fighting Cocks in Kingston
https://www.facebook.com/events/221174725019463/

Sunday 23rd April 2017
Gutlocker at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/gutlockeruk

Friday 28th April 2017
Wonk Unit, The Wonder Beers, Second In Line at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/416491455361879/

Friday 28th April 2017
Masiro at the Lounge Bar in Alton [Trial n Error Night]
https://www.facebook.com/Trial-N-Error-Productions-1511711255801880/?fref=ts

Sunday 30th April 2017
Muncie Girls at the Boileroom in Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/1365320940209728/

Thursday 11th May 2017
Hands Off Gretel at the Boileroom in Guildford
http://www.theboileroom.net/listings/events/11-may-17-hands-off-gretel-the-boileroom/

Sunday 15th May 2017
Buzz Rodeo, Moper (ex-SBB), This is Wreckage, Space Church at the Star Inn, Guildford [Buffalo Club Night]
https://www.facebook.com/events/1851757875095504/
https://www.facebook.com/mopernoise/

Sunday 30th July 2017
Moper (ex-SBB) at the Facebar in Reading
https://www.facebook.com/mopernoise/

Lost in Venice, Who Saw the Light, Tuskar – Noise Theory – ACM – Star Inn Guildford, January 16th 2017

January 17, 2017

Tuskar – first on.  Got there too late, sorry Tuskar, missed you.  Are you this Tuskar?  http://picbear.com/tuskar.band  If so you might be pretty good, or even better?  Tuskar reminds me of Tosca, which reminds me of Fosca which is the name of a band I know nothing about who rose from the ashes of the incredible, mid-90s, Tim Chipping-fronted Orlando.

Lost in Venice – on last, pretty good in places.  Noisy.  Overall not my thing.  They describe themselves thus –

“FOR STONER ROCK, LOST IN VENICE ARE THE SCORCHING HEAT OF THE SUN AS IT BEATS DOWN ON THE DESERT. DESTROYING VENUES WITH THEIR SANDSTORM OF FUZZ AND FILTHY RIFFS THAT PUNCH YOU STRAIGHT IN THE GUTS.”

Not sure about that.  Maybe.  They did a Reuben cover. 

Who Saw the Light

Wowsers.  They describe themselves thus –

“three piece – heavy experimental band , music consist of a mixture of spacerock and psychedelic vibes with heavy distorted riffs. The name of the band comes from Plato’s Allegory of the Cave . In short words, the music is supposed to get people out of their comfort zone and make them question their strongest beliefs regarding contemporary music and everything it stands for.”

And –

“Progressive / Mathcore / Stoner / Psychedelic / Post-Metal”

Not sure about the first one.  Maybe.  I re-paste and put in bold what I saw to be true when I saw them –

three piece – heavy experimental band , music consist of a mixture of spacerock and psychedelic vibes with heavy distorted riffs. The name of the band comes from Plato’s Allegory of the Cave . In short words, the music is supposed to get people out of their comfort zone and make them question their strongest beliefs regarding contemporary music and everything it stands for.

I am going to try to list the genres present in their set.  And by that I mean actually played briefly, as opposed to simply influences.  Alphabetical order –

Ambient, Doom, Funk-Metal, Grunge (early 90s definition), Indie, Math, Metal, party-band (not really a genre, but I swear there was a point they were basically a party-band), Prog, Rap, Shoegaze (maybe, certainly an experimental noise element), Thrash.

I’m actually surprised I can’t remember more.

Most young bands seem to take one, maybe two genres and try to perfect one or make something a little new out of two new-ish ideas.  “Who Saw the Light ” (shit name, could work) just chuck everything in the mix.  They give the distinct impression they could be a decent metal band, or damn fine doom band.  They do grunge really well.  Yet it’s all backed up by a progressive, mathy vibe and definitely a “we REAALLLY don’t give a fuck” attitude.

The ambient bit at the start of one song was a bit boring.  You can do mellow better than that, boys.  The indie bit was pointless and pretty crap.  But the rest was pretty fucking good.  I seriously worried when it went all rap, but they somehow pulled it off and I was grinning like a Cheshire Cat at their sheer audacity.

They are not the finished article.  They need a lot more focus.  But their basic principal, weird mathy metal with all sorts chucked in, really works.  They rock.  They get funky.  If you can’t see beyond doom they’ll give you a song or two.  They sound nothing like this band, but they do remind me of them, massively.  Butthole Surfers.  I mentioned them briefly on this blog a month or two back, and then I see Who Saw the Light and see a Butthole Surfers don’t-give-a-fuck attitude in a big way. Not at all serious, whilst mixing things up in a way that you just don’t do unless your serious.

Best ACM band I have seen since Following Foxes (who were not my thing on any level, but absolutely killed what they were doing.  Gideon I think was the singer song-writer.  You have something, but so did the rest of Following Foxes.  I hope you’re all moving on to bigger and better things.)